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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that 

oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. 

–Peter Marshall

NOAA Planet Stewards hopes everyone remains safe and well

during this difficult time.

Be kind out there (maybe "in there" is more appropriate)


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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club – 

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 8pm Eastern Time;

Dial Toll Free 1-866-662-7513

followed by passcode 1170791#

The next book club will discuss The Big Melt (young adult fiction) by Ned Tillman. The Big Melt engages, informs, and challenges readers of all ages to consider a variety of perspectives on what is rapidly becoming the challenge of the century: climate change. Now that our climate is changing, what do we do? This work of contemporary fiction, with a touch of fantasy and hope, will inspire you to care a little more about what might occur in your town in the not-too-distant future. Join us!

No National Science Teachers Association  Conference in Boston...
So Let the Conference Come to You, with Planet Stewards and NESTA!


On Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 3 - 7:30 PM ET, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) will offer a FREE virtual conference. Enjoy professional development in your jammies with the beverage of your choice! To participate in any part of the conference you must register by March 31, 2020 Click here to hold your spot!

The Schedule:

  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Interactive Presentation - GeoHazard:
         Using Simulations to Explore Natural
         Hazards and the Risks They Pose to Human Communities
  • 4:10 - 5:10 PM: Virtual Share-a-Thon Watch 5 to 10 minute videos from presenters
         ahead of time. Then, ask questions and chat with them in Zoom rooms. 

Do you have a great data or education resource you’d like to present at the Virtual Share-a-thon? Complete this form by Sunday, March 29. 

  • 5:20 - 6:20 PM: Interactive Presentation - TBD
  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM: Virtual Friends of Earth Science Reception 

At the closing virtual reception NESTA will present awards recognizing excellence in Earth Science teaching. Join us as we honor amazing educators! We will applaud and toast them from our living rooms!

To be recognized at the reception as a NOAA Planet Stewards Educator

and receive a certificate, complete this form.


Share YOUR Favorite NOAA Resources in "NOAA Countdown"!!

We love to suggest NOAA, NOAA partner, and other reputable resources for you, but we want to find out what materials are most beneficial FROM YOU! Do you have a favorite activity, data source, or “go to” section of a NOAA website that you think everyone should know about? Tell us what it is and why you find it valuable as an educator, and we’ll share with over 13,500 of your peers! Email us your favorite NOAA resources today!

FIVE: Lionfish Invitational Applications Now Available from NOAA

red lionfish at GRNMS

June 21-25, 2020 and August 23-27, 2020

The Lionfish Invitational is a four-day, research expedition to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. 11 dive teams work to remove as many lionfish as possible, while recording data on lionfish activity and sightings. In addition, a science team of 8 divers conducts surveys to determine what species, quantities and sizes of fish are present at each designated site before and after the removals.

Applications for these trips are now available for either of the two scheduled expeditions. If you're interested in participating, verify that you meet all of the expedition requirements.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

FOUR: NOAA unveils updated Climate Explorer tool

Climate Explorer

Want to explore climate conditions projected for your location in the coming decades? Check out the recently updated version of NOAA's open-source Climate Explorer tool. The newly mobile-friendly tool now includes graphs of climate projections for Alaska. Learn more and try the redesigned Climate Explorer.


THREE: Understanding Gravity Podcast


Since the 1800's NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey has been measuring land to determine points on the ground and the angles, distances, and heights between. To do this accurately, they have to understand the force of gravity. Listen to Dr. Derek van Westrum, NGS geodesist and physicist, explain what gravity is, why and how it changes, what it means for NOAA, and why you should care!  Give a listen: Understanding Gravity  Listen to all the NOAA Ocean Podcast’s here.

TWO: In Their Own Words, Women Doing NOAA’s Work

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More women than ever today have taken up the work of NOAA. In honor of Women’s History Month, celebrate some of the women who have made important contributions to NOAA, and are building the foundations for great things to come. In Their Own Words: Women Doing NOAA’s Work story map was produced using ARCGIS - by NOAA women of course!  (While you’re at it, check out Making Waves: Notable Women in Ocean Science, too.)

ONE: 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

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Nominations are open for the 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources co-sponsored by NOAA. The award recognizes exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses and other organizations to reduce impacts and advance adaptation of the nation’s vital natural resources in a changing world. Nominations are due by May 15, 2020. Find more information here.

Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs? Make sure to review the OneNOAA webinar schedule regularly, then signup to attend webinars that interest you. See the upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminar calendar here.

Educator opportunities

ECOGIG Presents: School's Out Science! Webinars
Most appropriate for middle school (5th-8th) ages


School's out science - Why do we explore the ocean?
Monday, March 30th @ 1pm EST Register here

School's out science - Chemosynthesis, What's That?
Wednesday, April 1st @ 1pm EST, Register here

EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 – Now Accepting Nominations

NAAEE has opened the global search for 30 game-changing leaders under 30 years of age who are using environmental education to build a sustainable future for all!

Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow leader before May 8.

30 under 30

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Get Wild with Youth Climate Summits

Have you heard about Youth Climate Summits? These exciting, conference-style events provide opportunities for students to learn about climate change and design their own climate action plans for their schools and communities. The Wild Center just released a suite of new resources for hosting Youth Climate Summits, including a planning toolkit, an interactive summit map, and more. Check it out at

Join a virtual gathering and celebration of the Youth Climate Summit network. The Youth Climate Program team is having a virtual unveiling of their new resources! Get an inside look at essential summit elements, hear from other organizers, and ask the questions to jump start your journey towards hosting a successful Summit. Here are the details:

Youth Climate Summits: Join the Movement Webinar - Register Here!

Tuesday, April 7, 2-3 pm ET 

Thursday, April 9,  7-8 pm ET

Have Questions? Contact: Erin Griffin (

5-Week Online Course from Cornell University

Network Climate Action: Scaling Up Your Climate Impact

April 7 - May 12, 2020

Cornell online

We all want to do something about climate change, but individual actions can feel inadequate. In this online course, learn what the latest research says about how to scale up your individual actions through social networks and persuading family, friends, colleagues, or social media followers as to how to take action. Be part of a unique online community that is applying innovative, exciting, and evidence-based approaches to fight climate change! Find out more and register here.

Rising Tide Podcast – A Day at the Beach for your Mind

With 7.7 billion people on our blue planet but only about 50 million (.6%) spending their days on, in or under the sea, Rising Tide offers us all a chance to hear from some amazing salty people.Check out their short 5-minute pilot . If you like what you hear, subscribe to "Rising Tide - The Ocean Podcast" on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your ocean pod-casts.

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Student opportunities

The S.C.R.A.P. Museum’s #BeCause Student Poster Contest

Deadline: April 17, 2020


If you're sheltering inside, you might as well create! The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery invites students of all ages - and from anywhere around the world - to share their artistic abilities and communicate their environmental cause. Students can create an illustration, photo, drawing, painting or graphic that shows how they will help bring about a better environment. Any materials around the house can be used. It’s your creativeness that counts! As we approach April’s Youth Service Day and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, join in the fun! To enter, students should email a photo of their artwork and their entry form form here.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2020

bowseat competition

The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is accepting Visual Art, Film, Music, Poetry, Prose, and Interactive & Multimedia submissions from middle & high school students through June 15, 2020. "Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis" invites teens to learn about climate change and its impact on oceans; discover or imagine solutions at local, national, or global scales; and create work that explores hope in action. For complete details, visit the Ocean Awareness Contest Overview.

Conferences, etc.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Registration is open for Climate Generation’s 15th Annual Summer Institute! It will be held at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN on July 22-24, 2020. Educators from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend this professional development training on climate change education. Registration is $200. Scholarships available. 20 hours of continuing education and optional graduate credit. 

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The Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference is On for

Late June!

mid Alantic conference

Join fellow educators at the first ever Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference - June 28-30, 2020 at Goucher College in Baltimore MD. The conference will bring together formal and non-formal educators to share and learn about the latest trends in climate change education. The four session tracks for the conference are:

  • Environmental Justice & Climate Change
  • Climate Change in the Classroom
  • Climate Change & Estuaries
  • Individual & Community Level Climate Change Solutions

Everyone is welcome - even if you live outside the Mid-Atlantic region! Visit the Conference website to learn more, sign-up to receive the Conference Registration announcement, and be sure to share this announcement with coworkers, colleagues, and friends!

Remember to check the website often to be kept informed of any changes at this uncertain time!

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property in St. Louis, July 12-17 

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

The application for the USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property is now open. This year’s program will be conducted in St. Louis, Missouri in collaboration with St. Louis University(SLU) and the SLU Research Innovation Group. Please encourage interested K12 educators to visit USPTO for the application, general information on the program, and tips on completing the application. Space is limited so don't delay.



Attention Maryland Secondary Science Teachers – 
Climate Literacy and NGSS From Towson University! 

Towson workshop

Who: Maryland secondary science teachers

What: Learn three different climate change activities and how they connect to the three dimensions of NGSS

Where: Towson University Center for STEM Excellence (710 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) 

When: July 14- July 17, 2020 (8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily); November 14, 2020 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) 

How: More information about Climate Literacy and NGSS and the application are available here

Application deadline: March 31, 2020! Hurry!

Ed Resources

Online Learning from NOAA


Are you looking for cool educational activities that can be done without leaving the house. Here’s a quick roundup of NOAA’s most popular educational resources. Learn about the ocean and atmosphere while you're safely hunkered down in your jammies.

And there's much much more online here!.

Going Digital? Smithsonian Offers Online Educational Resources


Marine Biology Anyone? Tune in to the Georgia Aquarium's YouTube for live streamed visits to their watery habitats daily at 12:30 ET. Last Friday, viewers got a peek into the colorful and deeply hypnotic jellyfish tanks. Oh, and there are live piranha feedings at 2 p.m. ET every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. If you're too busy at 12:30 ET, the Florida Aquarium is doing a similar program at 10 a.m. ET.

Astronomy/Space Science – The Kennedy Space Center will have daily Facebook Live presentations for young children at 9:30 a.m. and for teens at 1 p.m. Videos include astronaut-led story times and demonstrations on the science behind space food.

STEM – Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center is keeping young scientists on their toes with a twice-daily (on weekdays) "Curiosity Corner Live" on YouTube. Kids can follow along as museum staff demo STEM activities like building a tin foil boat (and trying to sink it with pennies) or making billowing clouds with liquid nitrogen and water. The first session is 10:30 a.m., the second is at 3 p.m.; all videos are archived.

Other online digital data science resources include:

Thank you Smithsonian and all the educators who are adapting to new teaching and learning paradigms and making a difference! 

NAMEPA Marine Environment Online Survival Series


The North American Marine Environment Protection Assoc. Is providing weekly activities for K-12 students on the marine environment.  To support ocean literacy, NAMPA supplies a weekly lesson plan with built-in activities (30-minute lessons)!  This is supplemented by social media posts on NAMEPA’s Facebook page where they target a specific activity or area of engagement for you to further explore. Please share with all!  Online Survival Series can be accessed here. 

SDG Academy Offers Online Library of Teaching Resources

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Find content freely available online for teaching and learning at SDG.  Engage students with video lectures and case studies on a range of subjects related to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, including public health, economics, policy, climate science, human rights, ethics, early childhood development, and more. Teachers can also encourage their students to enroll in a free SDG Academy MOOC to supplement other online pedagogies. Click here to see a complete list of available courses.

 New to Being a Homeschooling Parent ?


Perhaps you're one of the tens of millions of parents unexpectedly homeschooling now. If so, stress may be seeping in. NPR's Life Kit podcast team has a few tips to help parents who find themselves in this role to keep their children engaged and everyone sane. (Listening time, 17:56 or read the story)

Song List? Why Yes!


The year 2020 will be a key turning point for climate action. Interns at Earth Day Network compiled a list of uplifting, inspirational songs to get you in the climate-fighting spirit. Enjoy! 12 songs for your climate action playlist for you, your students, anyone!



Annual Reviews - Temporary free access to all content starting March 13th (no end date given)

Jove Science Education Videos - Free access through June 15th for STEM teaching

Getting Bored? Here’s a List of Free Things that weren’t Free before Coronavirus, NPR

Zoom Video Software is Free for K-12 at this time! Enjoy!

More news you can use:

Spring outlook, E&E News - March 19, 2020

To Forecast Spring Flooding, NOAA Planes Fly Slow And Low, NPR

Astonishing 2020 UK National Parks photography competition winners, Campaign for National Parks 

Fact Sheet: Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change, Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Mapping Lightning Strikes from Space, Eos - Earth and Space Science News

Helping Scientists Protect Beluga Whales with Deep Learning, Medium

Hurricane Hunter squared, 403rd Wing 

How an New Jersey Women is Fighting Back against Sea-Level Rise, Yale Climate Connection

How Teachers Talk to Students About the Coronavirus, Education Week

Is It Really Possible To Go ‘Plastic Free’? This Town Is Showing The World How,  Huffington Post


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